David Moyes refuses to be too downbeat about Everton’s prospects this season despite the fact that Mikel Arteta and Jermaine Beckford left the club before the transfer deadline.
The Toffees finished in a creditable seventh place in the Premier League last term and just four behind Merseyside rivals Liverpool although a top half finish would be a fine achievement considering the financial restraints that are in place at Goodison Park.
At least the team can count on having some fine midfielders on the books and Saturday’s game against Wigan is a golden chance to get three points on the board, with odds of 4/7 available (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) about Everton claiming their first home victory of the season.
The Blues played pretty well when drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa last weekend, twice taking the lead before being pegged back and Tim Cahill will once again be deployed in an attacking role, something which means the Australian is among the favourites to score first at 11/2 (Sky Bet – £35 free betting).
Wigan are expected to struggle once again this season and Roberto Martinez is another manager that deserves tremendous credit after seeing many quality players leave the club during his two-year tenure at the DW Stadium.
Five points from four matches is not a bad return and averaging more than a point per match might ultimately keep them in the Premier League, with the Latics on offer at 11/4 to come away with a draw and a rather large 6/1 to claim all three of the points.
The visitors are yet to manage a goal on the road this term although Franco Di Santo did score a brace against QPR in their only win to date and the Argentine is a massive 14/1 to break the deadlock in this match.